Bigarade, a la

A la Bigarade (ah lah bee-gah-rahd) is a French term that means ‘with orange or orange sauce’. This sauce is made with the rind of bitter or Seville oranges. The thinly pared rinds of two bitter oranges are sliced in long, thin, regular pieces.

They are then cut into small matchlikc shapes, placed in water, and boiled for 5 minutes. They are drained, added to 1 pint of Brown Sauce or Sauce Espagnole and left on a gentle heat until they are soft. Before serving, the juice of one orange, a little lemon juice, salt and pepper are added.

The bilberry is the dark-blue berry of a dwarf bush that grows wild in Europe, Asia and America. The tart, sweet bil-berry is called a blueberry in the United States. Bilberries are used in jams, syrups, liqueurs and pies.

Bilberries are known as blueberries in Scotland and in parts of Britain they are called whortleberries.

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